Australian Whole Grain Week – 18th to 24th June
This year the Grains and Legumes Nutritional Council is leading the charge during Australian Whole Grain Week 2018. Their theme this year, is encouraging people to eat like the Danish. Who enjoy more than 3 times the amount of whole grains in their diet, in comparison to their Australian counterparts.
Whole grain foods are important in our every diet for many reasons. Simple swaps like a sugary breakfast based cereal to oats can have a variety of health benefits. Some stats around Australians consumption of grains revealed that 59% of us choose refined grains. Eating an average of just 21g of whole grain per day – less than half the recommended 48g daily target intake.
Studies on the Danish diet revealed they devour up to 63grams of whole grains each day. Providing a powerhouse of more than 26 nutrients in their diet. Along with a variety of minerals, fibre and even antioxidants.
One of the key reasons people suggested they don’t add more whole grains to their diet is time spent in preparation. However, a little preplanning is all that is required to shorten this process.
When it comes to oats, even the wholegrain varieties like the Gloriously Free Oats will only take as little as 3-4 minutes to cook. Check out our video on “How to make your Breakfast quick and easy in the morning.”
Tips for Preparing Oats
Here are some great tips for preparing your oats the night before, by soaking our oats in a little water. All is required the next morning is a little heat via a stovetop or the microwave and it’s good to go.
On the Grains and Legumes website, they laid out the truth and top three nutritional benefits of whole grains in your diet.
- Eating whole grains protects our health in the long-term, against things like cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and bowel cancer.
- Choosing whole grain foods may help with weight maintenance. People who eat whole grains regularly are likely to have a healthy weight and waist circumference.
- They’͛re great for our gut: the fibre in whole grains “feeds” our good gut bacteria. Which may improve our health in other ways – controlling our appetite, reducing inflammation, and boosting immunity.
For more information on the benefits of whole grains in your diet and Whole Grain Week pop over to the Grains and Legumes website.